• Who Belongs in College and Who Can Complete?

    Imagine a world in which Martin Luther King, Jr. was denied a college education.  I recently learned that Martin Luther King, Jr. was reading on the eighth grade level when he was a freshman at Morehouse University.  This fact challenges many of the arguments being made at the national level about who is “college material” and the place of “high school catch-up” in the college experience.  For years, colleges blamed high schools who blamed middle and elementary schools.  Now, there is data circulating that a preschool’s KRAL (Kindergarten readiness test) score is predictive of third grade reading, which predicts college completion, etc.  While it is important to address and improve the through-line of education, we need to guard against focusing on the...

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